We're doing absolutely crucial work; damping, apoyando are the mechanics behind what the ear perceives as 'emotion' in classical guitar music as for as I can tell.
My guitar teacher back in UK (2014) used to talk about the "swan neck" position of the plucking hand and I simply couldn't figure out what he was raving about, until I started trying to play things like "Buté Exercise 16 Level 1" (!), and other recent pieces.
There is something very empowering in playing these well:-
Last Christmas I was trying to impress someone by playing something fancy I had learned - but she didn't even seem to notice me. Then when I started playing a piece from D01, calmly, simply and matter-of-factly - she tilted her head and listened with intent. I was stoked!